2010/12/04

"お龍" Oryo, the Wife of Ryoma Sakamoto

So the NHK TV drama series of Ryomaden just ended last week, but I'm pretty sure Ryoma Sakamoto (坂本龍馬) will be as popular as he has been.


A woman behind him.
That's Ryo Narasaki(楢崎龍), aka Oryo, Ryoma's wife.


After Ryoma's assassination, she was brought to the house of Sakamotos in Tosa, but seems like she didn't get along well with her dead husband's brothers and sisters (which that TV drama never showed and told).
She later on moved to places to places around Japan, having difficult times.
Eventually she got alcohol addiction, and died at the age of 66.



I just read the articles, but sounds like she had terrible life after her husband's death. 激動な人生だったんだろうなぁ。

Well, it's famous that she and Ryoma first met in a hotel in Kyoto (where she was working at.)
She also worked in a restaurant in Yokohama in her late years.

Tanakaya 田中屋 




It's very traditional, and luxurious restaurant, and used to be one of the Kanagawajuku(神奈川宿) and only one that still exist nowadays.
She used to work here as a server.
The building is not in the original condition, of course.

Actually, I used to live really close to here, but had never heard of this place.
I recently found about this place through a Japanese food blogger, and totally surprised.

It's close to Kanagawa station on Keikyu Line(京急神奈川駅), or you can walk from Yokohama station(横浜駅), so you may wanna try?:)
I guess you need to have reservation. They have a bridal plan, too!
Here's the homepage.

2 件のコメント:

  1. Thank you for the comment, John!
    Yes, seems like she had a very tough life after Ryoma's death.
    You can find out more on wikipedia's page(Japanese)!!:)

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  2. I saw the 48 episode TV series, Ryomaden and was
    so impressed by the story, that I wrote about it.

    Themes In The Fabulous Japanese TV Series, Ryomaden
    http://rodgerswriting.blogspot.com/2013/06/themes-in-fabulous-japanese-tv-series.html

    The Ryomaden series really made me think.
    My post is a few of my thoughts.

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